Northern and Merseyrail Electrics Rail Strike Update: Three January Dates

News of the latest Arriva Rail North and Merseyrail Electrics strike dates

Following on from last year’s strikes, the first normal working week of 2018 will see three rail strikes in Northern England. As well as Northern’s dispute, Merseyrail Electrics staff will also be striking on the same days.

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Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Trains and Trams in Tameside

Christmas and New Year train and tram service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. Following on East of the M60’s look at Yuletide buses in the Tameside area, we turn our attention to local trains and trams.

Besides being a good time for seeing your relatives, the Yuletide period is also a popular time for engineering works. As always there will be a Sunday service on the trams on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Which is good news for Curzon Ashton fans taking a short trip to Ashton West.

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A Sunday Brass Christmas: Boarshurst Silver Band’s 2017 Christmas Concert

More silliness, sublime music, and a time for giving

From Denshaw to Friezland, the Saddleworthian Christmas spirit is alive and well. Especially at its band clubs from Delph to Boarshurst. As always, the Boarshurst Silver Band concert never fails to disappoint. The programme is, as you would expect, more Christmassy but always different. This time, the second half was taken by the Boarshurst Silver Theatre Workshop’s pantomime.

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Transdev to Buy Rosso Bus

Privatisation of municipal operator sees £3 million investment

Rosso LK51 XGY, Rochdale Interchange
Seen at Rochdale Interchange, one of Rosso’s ALX400 double deckers is awaiting its driver and next set of passengers. Presumably on the 435 service to Buckstones.

Rosso Bus, the present day name for Rossendale Borough Transport’s bus operations, is set to be privatised by the end of this year. Subject to a vote on the 20 December, the municipal operator will be sold to Transdev. By the end of this year, most of Central and East Lancashire’s buses will be operated by Alex Hornby’s company.

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Stockport Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (December 2017)

Stockport Silver Band brave winter conditions to fulfil Boarshurst date

Almost a year ago, Stockport Silver Band made their Boarshurst Band Club debut with a most enjoyable concert. A year later, the fourth section band gave us a good concert attended by a few hardy souls. The first half of the programme was a standard concert programme, whereas the second half was given over to Christmas songs.
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Christmas 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018 Bus Services in Tameside

Christmas and New Year bus service information for passengers in Tameside and surrounding area

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again. With Christmas drawing near, we at East of the M60 look at our Yuletide buses within the Tameside area.

As with the last four Christmases, Stagecoach Manchester and First Greater Manchester will be operating a skeleton service on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day along trunk routes. For Tameside’s football fans, the first fixtures of 2018 will fall on a Monday, which is New Year’s Day.

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University of Salford Brass Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

Class act from future stars of brass banding world

Whereas the Oxbridge universities have produced Prime Ministers and Cabinet Ministers, the University of Salford has done the same with brass band players and conductors. The Brass Band Musicianship course, created by the late Dr. Roy Newsome, has an alumnae that is the envy of many institutions. Previous students have included Gary Cutt and Paul Lovatt-Cooper. Previous tutors include Peter Graham, Russell Gray, and Darrol Barry.

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Glossop Old Band (Winter 2017): Sunday Brass at Boarshurst Band Club

Another smashing concert, courtesy of Marcus and Duncan

Black Friday: what’s that? What about Brass Sunday, which Boarshurst Band Club has 47 of throughout the whole year? On the concert date closest to Black Friday, Glossop Old Band made their winter visit to the Mecca of Brass Banding last night. As with previous nights, a convivial atmosphere.

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Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (Winter 2017)

A winter warmer from Saddleworth’s Championship section band 

After a scorching summer performance, Diggle Band returned to the Boarshurst Band Club with a real winter warmer. Once more, the Boarshurst audience was treated to a superb concert which warmed the cockles of our heart. For six of your finest British Pounds, a delightful night with some great solo pieces.

As for the programme, a lovely mix of brass banding classics and something new to engage the audience. This was not your microwaved pub lasagne with a perfunctory garnish. This was a Sunday dinner with freshly cooked vegetables, the finest beef, and a home made Yorkshire Pudding.
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